I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Monday, December 12, 2016

Guides Updated!

All right, so I went through my Maray puzzles guides and updated them, checked for typos, etc.  I probably still missed something, so if you find an error please tell me.

Speaking of errors!  My guide for Part I of the Gauntlet puzzle was horrifyingly incorrect!  I'm so surprised no one told me about it, with some people being to eager to correct others...  The main problem was in Swap Pod #6.  It contains two swap devices, which I hadn't realized before.  See, this is why you replay!  Now that you know the answers you can check and recheck exactly how you arrived at them.  I also learned that in the Group 5 swaps, you don't actually need to use device B at all.  All of this has been laid out more clearly in the revised guides:

Gauntlet Guide

Villein Numbers Guide


In other news, with regards to the walkthrough I am compiling, I have had lots of duh moments with that, too.  I think.  I can't quite remember now, actually ha!  Today is Monday and I thought it was Thursday, and I was gearing up for the weekend only to learn that it had already passed.  Talk about a bummer!

The walkthrough is looking amazing, if I do say so myself.  I am putting it together in such a way as you can have it printed and bound nicely (if you want) and add it to your physical rewards collection.  Obviously it also works just as well as a digital resource.  I will add the above guides to the walkthrough as appendices.  They'll look a tad different in terms of layout when they are added to the walkthrough because I want the formatting to match.  The puzzle answers will be within the walkthrough text itself, of course--just understand that the guides/appendices are spelling out the puzzle instead of just giving the answer.  In the walkthrough it would be more like "go here, move this, do that" and won't go into detail about how the puzzle really functions.

I even have a table of contents!  Oh I can't wait to show you!  So far I have reached the moment of just having opened the swing bridge, so I have a long way to go.  The cover of the booklet is gorgeous, and I managed to duplicate the Obduction title/logo, colors and all.  The image is a beautiful screenshot of the mind-trip zones in the trees.  It's the Hunrath portal looking through to the Kaptar portal.  If you've been good boys and girls this year maybe Santa will show you a preview.  Depends on how lazy or not lazy Santa is.

Since Santa is on the mind already, is it bad that I'm still waiting for a Festivus miracle that the physical rewards might find their way under my tree?  I do very much like presents.

You know, I already have lots of presents under the tree (which Bagheera and Topaz are working out how to destroy).  Have I mentioned this before?  I create a Christmas wishlist on Amazon, then have my mom log in to my account, order and gift wrap them and pay with my card so that I end up buying myself something for Christmas without knowing what it is I've gotten myself!  Clever, yes?  But then my mom goes one step further and buys me other things with her own money, and this year she sent me gifts from my cats!  Hahahahaha!!!!!  Before you snicker "crazy cat lady" just know that it wasn't my idea!  She, and a friend of mine also, sent Christmas gifts to the cats.  It's a crazy cat community!

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